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Smoking In All Outdoor Public Places

On August 23, 2016, the Hermosa Beach City Council adopted amendments to Chapter 8.40 of the Hermosa Beach City Municipal Code on smoking regulations to include the following:
  1. Section 8.40.010 – Amended to include emissions from electronic smoking devices in the definition of “smoking:” 

  2. Section 8.40.020 – Amended to prohibit smoking in ALL outdoor public places;

  3. Section 8.40.050 – Amended to subject persons in violation of Chapter 8.40 to an infraction.

Effective Dates and Other Important Dates
  • August 23, 2016 – Ordinance adopted by the City Council.
  • September 22, 2016 – Ordinance becomes effective.
Enforcement of the Smoking Ordinance shall continue to be implemented by the Chief of Police. Code Enforcement will continue to use discretion in warning and citing violators. The City will also provide conspicuously posted signs to educate visitors and constituents of the City’s smoking regulations.
Persons in violation of the Smoking Ordinance are subject to civil action, which may result in an injunction and/or require the payment of an administrative penalty per the provisions of Municipal Code Chapter 1.10 (Ord. 07-1281). As the new amendment to the ordinance changes the punitive damages from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction, cited individuals will now settle fines with the traffic court (no longer requiring involvement by the City prosecutor’s office).

Tobacco Retail Licensure

At the December 11, 2018 meeting, the Hermosa Beach City Council approved amendments to the municipal code requiring local tobacco retailers to purchase an annual business license to continue the specific sale of tobacco products. The intent of the tobacco retail license is to limit the sale of electronic smoking devices and flavored tobacco products to youth in the community. Council also modified section 5.78.100.d of the code to change the sellers age from 21 to 18 years old. 

The initial business license fee for existing tobacco retailers, was waived by the City Council, but will require retailers to pay for subsequent annual renewal fees. All new retailers would be required to pay the initial business license fee and the following annual fees. The Tobacco Retail License Requirement will go into effect June 1, 2019.

2018 Smoking Initiatives

 2016 Smoke-Free Public Spaces Initiative
 2012 Smoking Initiative

 Smoking Cessation Resources
California Smoker's Helpline
A free telephone service to help you quit smoking

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Guide to quitting, topics related to quitting and quitting resources

Information and professional assistance to help smokers quit

A community of smokers trying to quit, a quitting guide, news, games and additional resources
 Smoking Cessation Resources
 City Contact
For inquiries, contact:
Nico De Anda-Scaia

Assistant to the City Manager
Phone: (310) 213-0201
 Smoking Cessation Resources